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Poster: light into ashes Date: Apr 12, 2014 9:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Lovin' (but not for tapers), 70-71

It's a classic moment. Yes, they would have assumed tapers were bootleggers; Dead tape trading basically didn't exist at that point. It wasn't until around '73 that tape-trading became more widely known among Dead fans; til the mid-'70s most people had to get Dead shows via bootleg records or radio broadcasts. When Relix magazine started in '74/75 it became a lot easier to find tape traders.

Of course, you could also point to Weir's 8/6/71 comment to the tapers to move back for better sound; or Phil's complimenting Marty Weinberg in Dec '71 on his bootleg LP - even though their usual policy at that point was to bust tapers (as we can hear on a lot of cut-off '70-73 audience tapes). This was a band of contradictions!

Check out this 1971 bootleg bust:

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 12, 2014 10:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Lovin' (but not for tapers), 70-71

Wow. That's quite a story - and quite a perspective. The writer sure has the whole Power To The People/Down With the Pigs attitude down. Great find; it's easy to forget in hindsight how absolutely rabid people could get with the "revolutionary" rhetoric.

I had to google Basho Katzenjammer. He turns up again in the '90s, calling Alexander Cockburn "shit for brains." Also he wrote a Cartoon History of Sex and claimed to be writing a history of the 60s. So that's how he lived out the "revolution to come."